George Weah, President of Liberia and former World Footballer of the Year made a surprise return to international football in Monrovia on Tuesday, playing for 79 minutes in a 2-1 friendly loss to Nigeria a few weeks short of his 52nd birthday. With him in mind, let us look at some of the best African players we still talk of.
5. Jay-Jay Okocha
The one and only Jay-Jay Okocha pic.twitter.com/NzPaYNCHx7
— Long Lost Players (@LongLostPlayers) September 5, 2018
Okocha’s sublime technical ability and flair was recognised by the BBC as he twice won their African Footballer of the Year award; one of only two players to be honoured more than once at the time.
He never claimed the CAF award but was runner-up on two occasions. He was named among the 125 greatest players in history by Pele.
4. Yaya Toure
— ManCityzens.com (@ManCityzens_com) September 8, 2018
Yaya Toure remains the only African footballer to have won the title of the Best African Player four times in Africa. Winner of the Champions League with FC Barcelona in 2009, and the Spanish league in 2009 and 2010, he joined the English Championship to play for Manchester City for which he was three times Premier League Champion in 2012, 2014, and 2015.
Plus, Toure realised the dream of all Ivorians by winning the African Cup of Nations with the Elephants of Ivory Coast in 2015.
3. Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the legendary African players, and the footballer most adored by the Ivorians; a name they wouldn’t forget. He is the all-time top scorer and former captain of his national team, Ivory Coast.
Drogba was more successful in Europe than with his national team, mainly at Chelsea Club, where he scored more goals than any other foreign player. He got the African Golden Ball twice in 2006 and 2009. With Chelsea, Drogba won four premier league titles, three football league cups, in addition to the prestigious UEFA Champions League in 2012.
He was elected by the fans as the Best Player in the History of Chelsea in 2015.